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Mark Your Calendars! Quarterly Lobbyist Update Returns Nov. 30th

By NAIFA-Texas on 10/20/21 2:11 PM

Our Quarterly Lobbyist Update (QLU) returns on Nov. 30th 2021! This exclusive member-only virtual event will break down this very eventful interim of special sessions, quorum breaks, redistricting, and more. NAIFA-Texas Lobbyist, Elizabeth Hadley, of Greenberg Traurig will be touching on these topics and answering your questions. Snag your FREE registration by clicking here!

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What Is Happening with Redistricting in Texas?

By NAIFA-Texas on 10/14/21 8:30 AM

The Texas Legislature has one week left in it's third special session. The item on the forefront: redistricting. Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census results are collected and certified. The U.S. Census measures how much the United States population has grown and changed based on various demographics. Then, state legislatures redraw district maps to reflect the census results. The 2020 census reflected that people of color fueled 95% of Texas' population growth.

Topics: Advocacy Government Relations Texas Advocacy
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TDI Proposes Rule for annuity forms

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/17/21 1:08 PM

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) proposed a rule about the forms an agent must provide to a consumer before or when recommending or selling an annuity. Agents can use the hyperlink above to review the rule and submit comments before September 27, 2021. This rule falls in line with the Texas adoption of NAIC's Best Interest Standard (HB 1777). 

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#TxLege Special Session: Round II

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/12/21 1:13 PM

On Saturday, August 7th, the Texas Legislature gaveled in for the second special session of the interim. Texas Democrats broke quorum for the third time to deny the Texas House from passing any business, including the GOP high-priority elections bill. The issues on the Governor's call do not directly impact insurance agents or financial advisors. NAIFA-Texas does not foresee this changing. 

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The WISH Act-- What Is It?

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 7/14/21 5:17 PM

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) has filed H.R. 4289,  the "Well-Being Insurance for Seniors to be at Home (WISH) Act." The WISH Act would impose a 0.3% payroll tax on workers and 0.3% payroll tax on employers. The monthly benefit would start at $3,6000 and rise with inflation.

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Texas Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 7/14/21 12:40 PM

The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a bulletin listing major changes to agent licensing provisions during the 87th Legislature. Those include:

Topics: Certifications & Designations Advocacy #NAIFAProud Legislation & Regulations Voice of the Agent State Advocacy

Special Session Begins!

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 7/8/21 10:00 AM

The 87th Texas Legislature is back in the Capitol today to start their first special session of the year. (Yes, that means there are more to come!)

Governor Abbott called the legislature back to Austin to address certain legislative priorities that did failed to pass or were not addressed during the regular session. The call items for what the Texas House and Senate must pass can be found here. Items include banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools, election and voting protocols, social media censorship, bail reform, and more. 

NAIFA-Texas will be monitoring the special session and providing updates to our membership.

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87th #TxLege By The Numbers

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 6/22/21 1:30 PM

On June 8th, NAIFA-Texas members participated in the comeback of our Quarterly Lobbyist Updates. NAIFA-Texas lobbyist, Elizabeth Hadley, delivered a very comprehensive breakdown of bills our association had been working on, as well as, other big ticket priorities (COVID-19 relief, ERCOT reform, health care expansion, broadband expansion, voting integrity, etc.) for Speaker Dade Phelan, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Governor Greg Abbott. 

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NAIFA-TX & Principal Event - June 16th

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 6/9/21 2:17 PM

Join NAIFA-Texas sponsor, Principal Financial Group, on June 16th as they present a leadership directed virtual discussion panel! 

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That's a Wrap On The 87th #TxLege!

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 6/2/21 5:10 PM

The 87th Texas Legislative Session is over... for now. This session has been anything but ordinary. However, that did not stop NAIFA-Texas from making our presence known, both inside the Capitol, as well as, virtually.  Members- Find out how our legislative priorities stacked up next Tuesday, June 8th at 10 AM as our lobbyist, Elizabeth Hadley, provides a legislative review and an outlook of what is to come! Click here to register for this exclusive member-only virtual event!

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